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Sep 09 2014
School Performance Rankings Released PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 September 2014

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    The State of Alaska has released its school rankings for the last academic year. The Alaska School Performance Index, or ASPI, grades schools from one to five stars on several criteria, including academic achievement, attendance rate, and for high schools, graduation rate and college career readiness. Improvement year-over-year is also graded.
    Only two schools in the Kodiak Island Borough district were awarded five stars. They are North Star and Peterson elementary schools. North Star had an ASPI score of 94.18 and Peterson had 97.04.
    North Star had a proficiency ranking of 93.94 percent in reading, 88 percent in writing and 84 percent in math. Peterson had scores of 96.34 in reading, 96.34 in writing and 92.68 in math.
    On the other end of the spectrum were four village schools, which were only awarded three stars. All had students from kindergarten to 12th grade.
    Larsen Bay School had an overall score of 75.44, which is a combination of the 66.67 which was measured in kindergarten to 8th grade, and the 97.38 from 9th through 12th grade.
    Ouzinkie School’s overall performance score was 74.1. It’s K-through-8 score was 75.86 and its high school score of 65.64.
    Akhiok School had an ASPI score of 72.57 overall, composed of the K-to-8 score of 72.92 and the high school’s 72.12.
    The school with the lowest ASPI score was in Old Harbor. It’s grade- and middle- school score was 85.45, while its high school score was 45.98.
    All the other schools in the district received four stars, with ASPI scores ranging from 85.62 at Chiniak School to 93.17 at Karluk.
    All one-, two-, and three-star schools are required to implement improvement plans. The plans also are required for four-star and five-star schools that have not had at least 95 percent student participation in state assessments; or whose graduation rate has declined from the previous year; or which have not met their Annual Measureable Objectives for two consecutive years.
    This is the second year for the Alaska-developed ASPI accountability and support system, which replaced the federal Adequate Yearly Progress system under No Child Left Behind.
    Kodiak Superintendent Stuart McDonald was scheduled to give an update to the school board at a work session last night via remote link because he’s in Juneau at the moment. We’ll be talking with him about the Alaska School Performance Index later this week.

Sep 08 2014
USCG's Newest Cutter Larger, Faster, Better Armed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 September 2014

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1280px-defense.gov_photo_essay_111031-d-0193c-002.jpgJay Barrett/KMXT
    The United States Coast Guard’s newest cutter called on Kodiak recently. The 418-foot Stratton, the fourth of eight planned Legend Class National Security Cutters, was passing through on its way from its homeport of Alameda, California, to the Arctic Ocean. The commanding officer is Captain Andrew Sugimoto.

Sep 08 2014
Kodiak High Volleyball Strong Despite Graduations PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 September 2014

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    The two-time defending Northern Lights Conference champion Kodiak Bears volleyball team over the weekend showed they haven’t slowed down much after losing six starters through graduation from last year’s team.
    With a whole new starting lineup, the Bears swept the Colony Knights in two matches 3-1. On Friday, Kodiak won 25-14, 17-25, 29-27 and 25-19. Saturday, they dropped the first game, but roared back to win 25-17, 27-25 and 25-22.
    On the gridiron, the Kodiak football team didn’t fair as well against the Knights, falling 37-to-0 on Colony’s home turf.

Sep 08 2014
Aleutian Shipping Safety Recommendations Released PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 September 2014

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    For years, shipping safety advocates have called for better protections against oil spills in the Aleutian chain. Now, the plan for a new response system is finally finished. The Aleutian Islands Risk Assessment’s draft report recommends some familiar solutions in new places – all at a cost of almost $14 million a year. KUCB’s Annie Ropeik reports

Sep 05 2014
Governor Parnell on His Re-election Bid PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 September 2014

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sean-parnell-photo.jpgBrianna Gibbs/KMXT

    Last week the then-three candidates for governor were in Kodiak for the fisheries debate, and all dropped by KMXT for a chat. The last two days we heard from Alaska First Unity Party candidate Bill Walker, and yesterday from Democrat Byron Mallott, who at the time of the interview was a candidate for governor. As you may have heard, he’s now Walker’s running mate. Today, we’ll hear from the incumbent, Republican Sean Parnell, speaking with KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs and Kodiak Daily Mirror Reporter Julie Herrmann.

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